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Overview

If you're ready to take your expertise and qualifications in Law into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.

Our research in Law explores the myriad ways that laws and the legal system shape society and affect the daily lives of people at all levels within it.

Members of the School also write a number of Company and Commercial, Employment and other textbooks and use their (and others) research in their teaching.

As a postgraduate researcher, you could explore how our laws and legal system shape society and affect the daily lives of people at all levels within it. Your research outputs could be used by governments, organisations and individuals in the development and implementation of new legal policies.

Recent examples of our research include our work around the law of succession and the sale of ivory in the UK. When you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll make your own contribution to our exceptional work.

Careers and opportunities

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity. You'll also develop research management skills, and an in-depth knowledge of the subject on which your PhD is focused.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields – from positions within academia, to careers in industry and the public sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    October, February

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Accountability, risk and rights - Research in this area covers topics including employment protection, data protection, the regulation and governance of companies, and how the law affects people throughout their lives 
  • International and European law - Our research in this area examines and seeks to grow our understanding of transnational laws and foreign national law, so that each can work better
  • Well-being, legal education and the legal profession - Our research is identifying new ways of delivering legal education and new approaches that could deliver education more broadly. It also explores the growing issue of stress and wellbeing among law students and academics 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Please contact the University for details of entry requirements. 
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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